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Supreme Court halts Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change

A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab."

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Feds award $1.3M toward C&O Canal aqueduct restoration

HAGERTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service is providing $1.3 million to help restore the Conococheague (kah-nah-kah-CHEEG) Aqueduct in the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park at Williamsport.

The park service said in a statement Monday that the federal funds will be matched with nearly $7.6 million from the state of Maryland.

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Maryland loses $1M in oyster restoration funding after Tred Avon River project is delayed

At least $1 million in federal money earmarked to build new oyster reefs on the Eastern Shore will instead go to Virginia after Maryland officials asked that the project be delayed.

An oyster restoration project in the Tred Avon River, a tributary of the Choptank River in Talbot County, began in 2015 and had been scheduled to resume early this year.

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Chesapeake Bay report card finds improving crab populations, grass growth

Multistate efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are starting to pay off, with a surge in blue crab populations, growth of underwater grasses and improvements in water quality, according to a bay report card released Tuesday.

There were 101 million female blue crabs in the bay last year, 50 percent more than in 2014, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s annual “Bay Barometer.”

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Schuh backs bill to raise cap on oyster shell recycling tax credit

Wayne Witzke and Kevin Wilcox hopped off the truck and disappeared through the back door of the restaurant. A few moments later, they re-emerged, dragging two heavy bins each: the past week's haul of empty oyster shells.

Once considered trash — or, at best, material to pave driveways — the shells are now a coveted tool in efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay's health.

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'Bag bill' returns in Annapolis -- again

For half-a-dozen years, environmentalists have pressed lawmakers to either ban or levy fees on the plastic and paper bags that stores give to customers.

And despite being defeated repeatedly, environmental activists are making a push for a "bag bill" again in Annapolis this year.

"We keep pushing," said state Sen. Victor R.

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